Liposuction in the Toronto Area

At Ford Plastic Surgery in Toronto, Dr. Derek Ford and Dr. Steven Hanna perform liposuction to sculpt away fat in areas that are resistant to change despite diet and exercise. Their dedication to optimal body contouring results led to an advanced approach called SAFELipo® that removes unwanted fat while minimizing contour irregularities, bruising, swelling, and bleeding.

If you’d like to reveal your body’s beautiful contours, request a consultation online with one of our surgeons, or call our Toronto office at  (416) 925-7337 or our Oshawa office at  (905) 743-9888.

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This young patient in her 50s came to see me after having liposuction with a different surgeon. She was unhappy with the persistent fullness and extra skin over her abdomen and flanks. I performed an abdominoplasty ("tummy tuck") and liposuction of her abdomen and flanks. These are her before and after photos at 8 months post surgery. Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Introduction & Indications

Liposuction is perhaps the most reliable option for reducing specific areas of excess fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. A thin tube (cannula) is inserted through tiny incisions, and the unwanted fat is gently sculpted away. Your surgeon uses a patented technique called SAFELipo that produces smoother results with reduced discomfort, bruising and bleeding.

The quantity of fat cells in the human body stays static throughout adulthood. Weight gain and loss comes not from the gain and loss of fat cells, but rather a change in the mass of the existing fat cells. Liposuction is one of the only methods available to physically remove fat cells, making it especially appealing to people who wish to see long-lasting results.

However, our surgeons emphasize that liposuction is not intended to be a weight loss procedure. It’s not appropriate for removing large volumes of fat, and candidates should be at healthy, stable weights to get the most from this surgery.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

In Canada, average liposuction prices vary per area, varying across provinces and cities. The cost for liposuction surgery at our Toronto practice varies with the areas treated, specifics of the surgery, and other factors. Our patients receive a specific price quote as part of their consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. Learn more in this blog post.

For procedure pricing, please visit our Pricing & Financing page.

*Prices exclude taxes

Derek Ford, MD FRCSC

A Talented Trio

With their expertise in plastic surgery, Dr. Derek Ford, Dr. Steven Hanna, and Dr. Laura Snell create attractive, natural-looking results using advanced techniques. Each are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada who provide compassionate patient care.

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The liposuction consultation is an ideal opportunity to discuss your goals with your surgeon. They perform a physical examination to evaluate your skin elasticity and other factors that could affect the outcome of your procedure. They also help you understand how much fat can be reasonably extracted during liposuction and the type of results you can expect. The most common areas treated with liposuction include:

  • Neck
  • Knees
  • Thighs
  • Waist
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Arms

Occasionally, fat extracted via liposuction can be used to augment another area of the face or body, such as the buttocks. This technique is called autologous fat grafting (or “fat transfer”) and presents patients with an exciting option for adding volume to the face, breasts, or buttocks. During your consultation, Dr. Ford or Dr. Hanna can evaluate your candidacy for fat grafting to help you decide whether the option is right for you.

Does Liposuction Tighten the Skin?

No. Depending on your skin’s laxity, Dr. Ford or Dr. Hanna may recommend combining liposuction with Renuvion®, a minimally invasive procedure that works to lift and tighten skin from the inside out, enhancing the effects of liposuction by tightening skin where fat has been removed with no additional downtime.

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

While both are body contouring procedures, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are not interchangeable. A tummy bulge caused by excess fat can probably be corrected with liposuction alone. If you have lax abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), or a misshapen belly button, you will need a tummy tuck to restore a smooth, firm abdominal contour. Many people benefit from a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction. Learn more in this blog post.


The SAFELipo procedure is a bit different than traditional liposuction. Performed while you are under general anesthesia, a SAFELipo procedure follows specific steps to achieve an attractive result.

  • Separation: After making tiny, discreet incisions, your surgeon uses a specialized device called an “exploded-tip” cannula to separate and loosen unwanted fat to make it easier to remove. Unlike other forms of liposuction, SAFELipo doesn’t generate heat during the separation process, decreasing the risk of thermal injury and development of excessive scar tissue.
  • Aspiration: Thanks to the initial separation step, which emulsifies the fat, the aspiration, or suction, step of SAFELipo can be performed using a very thin cannula. Aspiration is less traumatic than traditional versions of liposuction and generally creates less bleeding.
  • Fat Equalization: After the unwanted fat has been removed, your surgeon employs a special technique to reshape and equalize the remaining fat for smooth, even coverage with a lesser chance for indentations or lumps in the treated areas.

After liposuction, your surgeon closes the small incisions.

Recuperating After Surgery

Liposuction is very often performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to return home the same day with assistance from a loved one.

Depending on the treatment area, you may need to wear a special compression garment for some time to reduce swelling and support the area as it heals. Most patients can return to work within 1 to 2 weeks, and discomfort is manageable with prescribed medication.

Because liposuction requires rather small incisions, the resulting scars are quite discreet. Your surgeon provides you with instructions to help you care for your incisions after surgery to ensure they heal well.

Liposuction Considerations

Liposuction is a time-tested aesthetic procedure that is known for creating reliable, attractive results. Although SAFELipo is generally safer than traditional forms of liposuction, no surgical procedure is completely free of risk. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your individual risk profile with you so you have a better idea of what to expect.

Common Complements

Liposuction is popular as a standalone procedure, but it’s also often combined with other plastic surgery procedures, such as the following:

Many women combine liposuction with a tummy tuck and breast enhancement surgery as part of a mommy makeover to address the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

When will I see results after liposuction?

You can expect to see your full results one to three months after the procedure.